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Matt Carpenter to sub for David Freese at third base

Mar 28, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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Matt Carpenter spent months trying to learn second base and looked good enough that the Cardinals were set to make him the Opening Day starter there, but now he’ll shift across the diamond.

Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Carpenter will likely fill in for David Freese at third base, with Daniel Descalso taking over at second base.

Presumably once Freese returns from his back injury they’ll go back to the original plan of Carpenter taking most of the starts at second base. Carpenter hit his way into the lineup, batting .294 with an .828 OPS in 114 games last season, but it’s his ability to play wherever he’s needed defensively that could save the Cardinals early considering their many banged up position players.

  1. carbydrash - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    When was the last time a Cardinals 2nd baseman put up 600 plate appearances?

    2004!

    …I miss you Tony Womack.

    • natstowngreg - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      And the Cards were swept by the Red Sox in the World Series. Since then, with such luminaries as Aaron Miles, Hector Luna, Ronnie Belliard, Skip Schumaker, Nick Punto and Tyler Greene at 2B, the Cards managed to win the World Series. Twice. Be careful what you miss. :)

  2. okwhitefalcon - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Time to call Geronimo Pena.

    • carbydrash - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      Why didn’t he ever get more playing time? He played 2nd, had some pop, could get one base, had some speed, but never got 300 PAs in a season in his career. Did he fuck Joe Torre’s daughter or something?

      • salvomania - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        Completely due to injuries. Dude could not stay healthy.

      • carbydrash - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        That can’t be entirely true. In his career, he only started in 54% of the games he appeared in.

      • salvomania - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        Your math is off—478 career games, 348 career starts, that’s 66%, not 54%. And the majority of those career non-starts came his rookie year in ’91 when he was Jose Oquendo’s back-up at 2b.

        Pena was given the starting job in 1992, and promptly was injured and missed the season’s first 45 games, then missed 45 more days in July/August while on the DL.

        Then in 1993 he missed another two months to the DL (July/August).

        Same thing in ’94, another two months on the DL (Aug/September).

        He began ’95 on the DL, and then missed all of August and September.

        From ’92-’95 when Pena wasn’t on the DL, he was the Cardinals’ primary starting 2b, with almost 80% of his appearances being starts, and most of his non-starts being pinch-hitting appearances when he couldn’t play the field.

      • salvomania - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        Doh! The 66% career starts is correct, but the raw numbers are 378 career games, 248 career starts.

      • carbydrash - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:18 PM

        I stand corrected…

        …and humiliated due to my poor math skills.

  3. spudchukar - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Not sure about this move. Even though Descalso, was primarily a second-baseman in the Minors, his arm is so outstanding, that I happen to believe he is more qualified at 3B, and since Carpenter has worked to hard converting, maybe he ought to just stay put at 2B.

    It isn’t a bonehead move, cause Descalso has mostly played second and Carpenter third, but if it is only for 6 games, maybe Carpenter’s development shouldn’t be interrupted.

  4. cintiphil - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    I wish the Reds had a backup for SS or thrid, because we are in a big hurt here if either or both of these guys don’t come throught for the Reds.

    • okwhitefalcon - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Another Cards thread you’ve tried to Reds-jack.

      You’re on quite a roll.

      • watchfullhose - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        give it up dude – go back under your bridge…you troll every reds article.

      • spudchukar - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        I believe that was the thrust of his comment, this wasn’t a Reds article.

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